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Croydon Cenotaph

Croydon Cenotaph
Croydon War Memorial - West.jpg
The cenotaph in 2010
Coordinates51°22′20″N 0°05′58″W / 51.372281°N 0.099355°W / 51.372281; -0.099355
LocationKatharine Street, Croydon, London, England
Designer
Material
Opening date21 October 1921 (1921-10-21)
Dedicated toWar dead

Croydon Cenotaph is a war memorial, in Croydon, London, England. It is located outside Croydon Library, on Katharine Street in Croydon.[1][2]

The cenotaph, made from Portland stone, was designed by James Burford ARIBA and was unveiled on 22 October 1921,[2] to commemorate local victims of World War I.

It is framed by two bronze statues of seated figures by Paul Raphael Montford, cast at the M. Maneti foundry.[2] One depicts a wounded soldier from the East Surrey Regiment, the other a widow holding her child.[1][3] The former was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1921.[3]

The cenotaph's inscription reads:[2]

1914 1918
1939 1945

AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN
WARS AND CONFLICTS SINCE

A TRIBUTE TO THE MEN
AND WOMEN OF CROYDON
WHO DIED AND SUFFERED

The dates "1939 1945" were added after World War II ended. The AND IN MEMORY ... SINCE lines were added in 1997.[2]

The cenotaph was granted Grade II listed status on 19 November 1973, both in its own right[2][3] and as part of a group of municipal buildings, legally protecting it from unauthorised modification or demolition.[2][4]

A roll of honour is kept in the library.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Croydon Cenotaph – War Memorials Online". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "War Memorial: Croydon Cenotaph (WMR-2098)". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1268438)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1188798)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 November 2016.